Worry over leaking drain

2019-04-30 06:01
Residents want proper solutions for a leaking drain.

Residents want proper solutions for a leaking drain.

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Residents of Oribi Avenue in Ottery want the City of Cape Town to provide a permanent solution for a leaking sewerage drain between Fifth and Sixth Avenue.

They say the problem has been going on for a long time and no proper solution has been provided except for a contractor that allegedly used a gutter to deviate the leaking sewage.

According to Ebrahiem Baartmaan, a resident, it is not only the adults who are exposed to the sewage that is a concern.

“We are concerned about the health risks this pose to us and our children who play outside, not being aware of what is happening,” he said.

Baartmaan says the problem has been going on for almost two years and the City has not explained anything to them about plans to fix it.

He says all residents have been seeing since the problem started are “people with no proper equipment or even correct clothing working on the drain. Whatever they do does not last, when it rains the water spills over again.”

Due to alleged lack of professionalism, residents chased away a contractor that was working on the drain on Sunday 21 April.

Baartmaan says they wonder if the service delivered by the contractor is what is expected of them by the authorities.

“We do not mind them working there, but they must use proper material, dress appropriately and put danger signs to make everyone aware of the work in progress.”

He says this is a busy area which is close to an old age home and a school.

A community leader, Paul Philips adds: “This is how service delivery happens in disadvantaged communities.”

He says inability of contractors to properly maintain and manage the sewer system exposes about 150 households to risk of contracting germs and experiencing health problems.

Ward councillor, Patricia Van Der Ross says the leaks stem from the old age home and the pipe will be checked for any damages and replaced.

She says when overhead pumping is required, proper signage will go up to keep children from playing close to the area.“I have had a site visit with the area manager regarding the matter together with one of the residents Mr Paul Philips and it was discussed. The overflow stems from a resident that built on top of a man hole, giving the City no access, so we are trying to redesign which could take time.”

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